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Are tests for myocarditis done in imaging?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Two main tests

Echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart and biopsy of the heart muscle to confirm viral damage to the muscle tissue.

In brief: Two main tests

Echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart and biopsy of the heart muscle to confirm viral damage to the muscle tissue.
Dr. Michael Zevitz
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Cardiac MRI can also help diagnosis myocarditis, though admittedly it is more rarely performed and prohibitively expensive for widespread adoption. A more basic blood test for myocarditis would be the troponin-I or troponin-T blood test.
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
(troponins are just a marker for damage to the heart muscle - it would not specify if it is viral or from blockage.). Used in conjunction with viral titers (i.e., coxsackie virus, echo virus, and others), it can confirm exposure to a virus known to cause myocarditis with resulting heart damage. Not all myocarditis appears on echocardiography - you need to have an associated (pericardial) EFFUSION.
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